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Monday, 4 April 2022

7 Common MacBook Problems and Their Solutions


MacBooks, despite their premium price and reliability, are no different from other computers in certain aspects. One of the examples could be performance issues. 

Whether you like it or not, a time will come when a MacBook starts to feel sluggish or shows other signs of underperforming. 

Once that happens, some Mac owners start to consider the option of replacing their current device with a new MacBook model. Even though that is a viable option, it might be worth taking a different approach.

More often than not, performance problems are pretty simple to solve yourself. So before you commit to spending money on a brand-new MacBook, try to fix the issue at hand and see how the computer performs then.

Below, you will find 7 of the most common problems Mac users have to deal with and how they can overcome these issues.

Lack of Drive Storage

Let's start with storage. Macs are not the best when it comes to total available drive space. Not being careful with the available space leads to a cluttered drive.

Here are some suggestions to consider if you want to have more disk space on the device:

  • Try to delete apps on macbook you no longer use

  • Transfer some files to iCloud

  • Keep data on an external HDD or a USB flash stick

  • Stick to streaming sites instead of keeping media files on the Mac

  • Clear system junk such as cache regularly using a cleanup utility tool

As a rule of thumb, your computer's drive should have at least 15 percent of its total space free. However, it is recommended to have as much free storage as possible for more optimal performance.

Screen Flickers

Random screen flickers get in the way of you using the computer. The problem is a bit tricky to solve because it involves intricate hardware. It is not like you can simply replace a MacBook's screen or take the laptop apart and tinker with the hardware yourself with no technical knowledge.

There is one thing that you can do, however. Sometimes, screen flickers occur when there are incompatibility issues between the graphics processing unit and an operating system version. Since that is the case, downgrade to the previous macOS version or check if there are new updates available. If there are, download and install them.

Memory Leaks

Memory leaks are not a noticeable issue, but as soon as you feel like the computer is sluggish, you should restart it.

Regular restarts, every few hours or so, are a good habit to have. Giving the MacBook a fresh start prevents memory leaks for a time and improves the overall device performance by a lot.


An overheating laptop is more or less inevitable, particularly if you run high-end software. What you need is to find the means that help you minimize the issue. 

First of all, you have to clean the dust inside. The filth that accumulates inside the MacBook clogs the internal fans, preventing them from doing their job. 

Next, check if you are not blocking vents. Some people like to put a laptop on their laptops without considering what it does to the vents.

Finally, if you have some extra money to spend, consider a cooling pad. Such an accessory can be a nice addition to the MacBook setup as it offers a source of cool air and takes some load off the internal laptop fans. 

Poor Internet Browser Performance

Safari, which is a tailor-made macOS internet browser, should not cause issues for you. However, if you switch to a different browser, such as Google Chrome, the odds are that you will notice certain problems.

People go overboard with installing too many extensions, so that is where you should start looking for the root of the problem. Clearing the browser cache is also one of the priorities.

Ultimately, though, if there are problems with an internet browser, you can always try an alternative as there are quite a few free options. Besides the aforementioned Google Chrome and Safari, some other popular internet browsers include Mozilla Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera, Edge, and TOR.

FPS Drops and Stutters in Video Games

Despite the fact MacBooks are not the preferred option for gaming, you should still be able to run some less demanding video games.

Frame drops and stutters can occur due to a variety of reasons. From potential malware attacks and not enough disk space to a cluttered desktop and redundant background processes, keep an eye on what is consuming system resources so that you can have a better gaming experience on a MacBook.

Worn-Out Battery

Having to charge the computer's battery can be a bit annoying. Nevertheless, it is necessary to use the device.

Poor battery lifespan might lead to a replacement battery, but you should not disregard energy hogs on the computer. Check Activity Monitor and sort processes by energy usage to see which background apps are consuming the most battery. If you can, quit those processes.

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